When Do You Know You Have a Really Great Team?

In the workplace, the word Team gets thrown around a lot.  But I suppose it’s fair to say that there are several types of Team’s.  You could describe one as being a Bad Team, a Dysfunctional Team, a Great Team, a Mediocre Team, etc.  But when do you really know you have a great Team?  I have long thought we had a great Team, but now it’s confirmed.  Continue reading “When Do You Know You Have a Really Great Team?”

When Do You Know You Have a Really Great Team?

A Common Question for a PGA Golf Pro

The most common question I hear each year is, “What do you do with all your time during a Michigan Winter?”

The typical Michigan golf season begins to wind down in the beginning of October. If the weather remains mild, October can be a great revenue generator as we prepare for the onset of November. Good weather will lead to decent sales but typically the best November will only be 15% of our normal peak season months. November is all about preparations for the severe winter ahead.FieldstoneLogo_2013

It is November 10th and our crews have completed a majority of our course maintenance with the aeration of greens, tees and fairways.   The tall native grasses have be cut and our fall projects have been completed. The irrigation system of over 1,800 heads & 110 valves have been winterized. Mowing is ongoing in order to mulch the remaining leaves and crews will continue to maintain a clean property. Tree removal and pruning is a perfect task in the fall and winter. Today we will be spraying a fungicide to all tees, greens and fairways. This is done to prevent dollar spot and snow mold on these surfaces (it is also a sign that some pretty cold temperatures are on their way). The course superintendent will soon begin his hibernation to the maintenance facility in which all equipment is rebuilt, repainted and re-sharpened to prepare for the spring. Continue reading “A Common Question for a PGA Golf Pro”

A Common Question for a PGA Golf Pro

Make a Difference Day

October 24th was “Make A Difference” day.  For me, Volunteer Coordinator at the City of Auburn Hills, it is like a national holiday.  All over the country people were helping others out.  Auburn Hills did not disappoint.  We had volunteers providing Meals on Wheels to Seniors in our City, volunteers helping out at the Police Department, and over 80 volunteers participated in our Rake and Run event.  We had volunteers from Chrysler and Oakland University rake 8 yards for senior citizens in Auburn Hills.  We have more groups that will be doing this event at later dates, as well.  Our volunteers raked up over 225 bags of leaves.  It was great to see the caravans of cars that traveled with eager volunteers go to homes and help out and then travel to the next house.  I was fortunate enough to speak to some of the residents who were served and they were very thankful for all the help.  I was reminded yet again that Auburn Hills is a great place to live and work.chrysler engine[1]


Paige Baranyai, Volunteer Coordinator

Make a Difference Day